Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health.
Correcting bad posture does take discipline, but there’s no doubt the benefits are well worth the effort.
The first step is understanding the bad posture habits our lifestyle may expose us to and then taking steps to address them.
Poor posture may cause headaches, soreness, back pain, fatigue, respiratory issues, poor digestion and tension by putting pressure on your spine. In many cases, this can be prevented with the correct education, adjustment and awareness of the issue. While it may take some diligence to undo bad habits, it’s worth persevering.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Have an ergonomic assessment. If you have a desk job, this is essential in helping to maintain your spinal health.
- Be mindful of how you perform everyday tasks – from picking up the kids to gardening, don’t put undue stress on the neck and back.
- Move regularly. Walking is a great start.
- Visit your local CAA chiropractor. These professionals are educated to assist your management of back and neck issues.
- Download the ‘Back Your Inner Athlete’ augmented reality CAA Back App from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
GOOD POSTURE - A CHECKLIST
- Shoulders pulled back and down, head held high, stomach pulled in and chin tucked in.
- Avoid 'forward head' posture, keep your cheekbones and collarbone in line.
- Avoid slouching.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Take brief walks or stand and stretch regularly.
- When standing, balance your weight equally on both legs and feet.
- Exercise regularly. Strengthen weak muscles and stretch those that are tight to bring back your inner athlete.
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